Sharon steeps into great-granddad's shoes!

A National Trust warden will literally be digging into her family's roots next week as she returns to work the land her ancestors owned. Sharon Ford will be hedge laying - or steeping as it is known - the historic boundary of a farm at Arlington Beccott o

A National Trust warden will literally be digging into her family's roots next week as she returns to work the land her ancestors owned.Sharon Ford will be hedge laying - or steeping as it is known - the historic boundary of a farm at Arlington Beccott once tenanted by her great-grandparents almost a century ago.They were Fred and Annie Tucker, who remained at Penburthy's farm from 1914 until they left in 1955.It was once part of the estate of Miss Rosalie Chichester of Arlington Court, who left it all it the National Trust in 1949.Now their great-granddaughter will be joining Area warden Murray Sharpe for most of this week to labour on the hedge as part of their work maintaining and managing the 2,700 acre estate.Sharon is excited to be working where generations of her family have before and said: "My great-gran, Annie Tucker Yeo, was born at Penburthy's Farm, where they kept dairy cows and some sheep. "Her father died when she was just eight-years-old and her mum then farmed it on her own right up until 1914 when my Annie married my great-granddad, Fredrick Tucker. "Their daughter, my gran, Elsie Tucker was born there in 1920. She married Ralph Ford, in Arlington church in 1950 and moved to Pristacott Farm, Harracott. Meanwhile my great-grandparents continued to farm the 48 acres at Penburthy until they retired, they moved to Pilton on the 1st of March 1955. "I would like to think my great-granddad at some point steeped the hedge before me and that he would be proud to see me doing it again now.


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